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Heather Hardy Opens Up About Career-Ending Brain Damage

Heather Hardy calls an early retirement
Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy, a stalwart in combat sports with an impressive career spanning boxing, MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai, has revealed the heartbreaking news that her fighting days are likely over due to the toll of repeated concussions.

In an emotional statement shared on Instagram, Hardy expressed the devastating impact of her concussions, stating, 

"When you have a concussion, a piece of your brain dies and you never get it back. Imagine that? In ten years I’ve had too much brain damage. I can’t get any more or else I won’t be able to see."

Hardy's decision to step away from fighting came as a result of her recent diagnosis following a bout with Amanda Serrano, where she experienced blurred vision and persistent symptoms of a concussion. Despite her determination and resilience, Hardy realized the gravity of her condition and the risks associated with continuing to compete.

Throughout her career, Hardy has been a force to be reckoned with, amassing an impressive record in boxing and making a notable mark in the MMA scene with Bellator. Her dedication to providing for her family, including her daughter's education, reflects her commitment and sacrifices in pursuit of her passion for combat sports.

While Hardy did not explicitly use the term "retirement," her candid admission about her health and the limitations imposed by her condition suggests a poignant end to a remarkable career. With a record of 24-3 in boxing and a 2-2 record in MMA, Hardy leaves behind a legacy of resilience and determination that has inspired many in the combat sports community.

Heather Hardy's story serves as a sobering reminder of the physical toll that combat sports can exact on athletes, highlighting the importance of prioritizing health and well-being above all else.


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